Re: Have to strain to pass gas and bm...normal?
Aside from hemorrhoids, you might also have a fissure.....and the above advice of adding more fibre through foods plus fluids is really a way to make the stool more soft and "fluffy"...causing a better evacuation plus less wear and tear on the anus.
Please stop pushing.....one thing that can happen is a prolapsed rectum...and it's not something that can be just put back in place.
Stress doesn't help, and the fact that you're going more often (daily) is a good thing. The small skinny stools are probably from a tight sphincter muscle. You might also have a thrombosed internal hemorrhoid which kind of takes up room in the cavity.
It really would be best for you to see a doctor where you can be properly diagnosed and treated.
Having gas that's hard to release can cause problems in the long run....but it's possible it's all related and stress is exacerbating your symptoms.
Have you started eating anything really different lately, are you consuming artificial sweeteners?
Keep us posted as to what's happening.
Best to you,
It's all a matter of perspective!
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